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Ryan Giggs: “I’m proud to be the Welsh manager and proud to be coaching this group of players.” Photograph: AFP/Getty

Ryan Giggs takes charge of his first Wales game on Thursday but believes the spotlight has been taken off him in China by Gareth Bale. The Real Mad(...)

Italy manager Conor O’Shea: ““I am happy we are seeing progress but I am desperate to win because that is what you are judged on.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales v Italy Principality Stadium, Sunday, 3.0pm, TV3, BBC 1 Conor O’Shea is one of rugby’s glass-half-full characters, but even his ebullience in (...)

Jacob Stockdale runs in his second try against Wales at the  Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Does anyone remember a 22-year-old Tadhg Furlong at the 2015 World Cup? He made his debut in the August warm-ups – we met in the departure lounge – on(...)

Joe Schmidt: “It would be fantastic if that [the Grand Slam]  was something we managed to do but it would be really special if we managed to get three championships in five years.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The history and tradition of the world’s oldest international championship decreed that the Grand Slam was the Holy Grail, and even the Triple Crown h(...)

 Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray celebrate Dan Leavy’s try against Wales at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After a momentous and riotous day of springtime Six Nations rugby, with the Celts very much to the fore, the table makes for unexpectedly pleasant une(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter training at Carton House. Wales will be planning an all-out attack on the talented young tighthead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The moment Tadgh Furlong’s hamstring pulled up against Italy the Welsh scrum doctor, Robin McBryde, started planning an all-out attack on the Wexford (...)

Any potential assumption by Wales that Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki are a smash and bash partnership  will play nicely into their hands. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Might Wales see a weakness in Ireland’s centre partnership? They will note six caps between Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell and a Six Nations debut for t(...)

 Dan Biggar: the outhalf’s return should improve Wales’ aerial game.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The amount of insider information and crossover in coaching methods involving any Ireland-Wales game has only intensified recently given the make-up o(...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

“Carbery is a wonderfully talented player – possibly the most talented in the Irish squad – but...?” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

It’s not evident on TV but had Joey Carbery passed the ball on 65:07 instead of kicking it, what might have happened? Carbery did kick and found green(...)

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